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"Cup of tea? I was just thinking of making one. [...] I've only got teabags, I'm afraid — but I daresay you've had enough of tea leaves?"
—Remus Lupin offers Harry Potter some tea when the latter paid a visit to his office.[src]

Tea is a typical British beverage made with tea leaves and hot water.

Known uses

After the incident of the vanishing glass at the Zoo in Surrey in 1991, the Zoo director served Petunia Dursley strong, sweet tea while apologising over and over again. A bit later that same year, Rubeus Hagrid's first request upon arriving at the Hut-on-the-Rock was to ask if tea could be made for him, though he commented that he wouldn't say no to something stronger. When no tea served to him, he made it himself and shared it with Harry Potter.

When Hagrid informs the trio that Buckbeak is going to be procecuted, Ron offers to make tea, stating that this is what his mum always does when anyone is upset.

Remus Lupin was fond of making it from a kettle, and served some to Harry Potter during their Patronus lessons.

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Harry sees the Grim in his tea leaves in his Divination lesson.

In Harry's third year, Sybill Trelawney served her Divination class tea, and had them read the remaining tea leaves after they drank. Trelawney told Harry she saw he had the Grim in Harry's tea leaves.

In Harry's fifth year, Dolores Umbridge brought him into her office following Albus Dumbledore's escape. She rather forcibly offered Harry a choice of drinks, and after he chose tea, she slipped an entire bottle of (later revealed false, courtesy of Severus Snape) Veritaserum into the tea to try and get Harry to give up information she deemed important. However, Harry, feeling that she was up to something, did not drink any of the tea, and instead, dumped the contents into a vase of dried flowers when she wasn't looking.

When Betty Braithwaite visited the home of Rita Skeeter to interview her about The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, Rita served her tea and a slice of pound cake.

Behind the scenes

  • In Britain, tea is often used as a term to describe an afternoon snack time. In America, it is only ever used in the drink form.
  • The Pottermore team originally posted a pair of mugs containing tea leaves on the Insider section of Pottermore, asking for people to send their interpritaions, on the 7th of December. On the 14th of the same month, they had posted up a set of three with clearer images, showing a rat, a dog, and a hippogriff - each representing a moment and chapter from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was published on Pottermore later that month. The chapters represented were revealed on the Insider section of Pottermore on Monday, December 17th.


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